The Theatre on King and Fleshy Thud are proud to present another great workshop in the Fall Workshop Series: The Method of Method Acting with Johanna Tzountzouris
Method Acting…mocked, derided and much maligned by actors and society at large. Most can’t even say the term without a sneer that sneaks into their voice! This approach to acting, first developed by Constantin Stanislavsky in the early 20th century, has influenced some of the greatest actors of our time…but even Ol’ Stani said that it should be but one of many different approaches and should be part of our actors’ and directors’ toolbox!
Uta Hagen, who taught at the HB School in New York and used the Method herself, wrote a brilliant book called Respect for Acting. In it, she presents a series of 10 Object Exercises that she proposed be used by actors to continue to hone their craft, as an athlete would practice for their sport.
This 3-hour workshop will explore the Method through Hagen’s Object Exercises. We will examine some of the components of the Method by DOING…Ol’ Stani would be proud!
All you need is a notebook (or paper), something to write with, and yourself, dressed comfortably and ready to do!
Johanna Tzountzouris has been making and producing theatre for over 35 years. She graduated from Université Laval in 1992 with a major in French and a minor in Theatre, and is currently finishing a Master’s in Theatre from Université Laval on the topic of circus-theatre. She is an actor, a director and a producer, among other things. Some of her past roles include Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Althouse College Theatre, Western University) and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Theatre Ontario Summer Training Project).
Johanna taught Drama and directed plays in various high schools in Toronto for over 10 years, and has produced plays with her company, Strega Productions, in Toronto, Sudbury, London and Quebec City. She is a multi-disciplinary artist (actor, singer, comic, clown) and strives to blend different scenic disciplines in her work onstage or behind the director’s table.
As a director, her most recent work includes two circus-theatre pieces entitled Cirque de la Démocratie (Compagnie Mythomanie/Faso Cirque, Burkina Faso 2012) and Tentation (Strega Productions 2011). She also directed and co-produced SpiriTous, a dance project with LeBlonDanse in Quebec City, QC.